By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Perm, Russia (May 6th, 2017)– 20-0-1 unbeaten but unknown super featherweight Deiner Berrio, in his first bout outside of his native Colombia, and in his first bout at lightweight, scored a ten round upset over former 135 pound contender Rustam Nugaev of Perm, Russia to win the vacant World Boxing Association East Lightweight title. One judge gave Berrio every round, an extraordinary feat, given the ten rounder was held in Ekaterinburg, Russia, on Friday, May 5, 2017, in Nugaev’s home country.
Nugaev, now 29-8-1, at 34 years of age, got outworked convincing by Berrios in seven of the ten rounds. Three rounds were a bit closer, but not enough to for Nugaev to catch a break on the scorecards. Berrio, at age 36, threw wild head power shots and uppercuts of vicious intent, some of what got through to Nugaev, who never went away but was unable to get anything going once Berrios took the bout to the inside.
This was the third bout of Nugaev’s comeback after a 28 month layoff. The fact Nugaev could win only one round total on two of the scorecards probably means he should retire. Russian fighters win bad decisions in the Russian Federation all the time. The fact that three veteran Russian judges scored the bout for Berrio is evidence of how far Nugaev’s skills have fallen. In the final round, Berrio put his hands down and fearlessly slipped punches standing in front of Nugaev, throwing occasional bombs. Nugaev could not outwork him nor score with his punches. Nugaev still has his chin and his heart, just not the talent or skill level to deal with a younger, faster, better trained fighter.
Berrios wins Vacant World Boxing Association East Lightweight Title
Scoring: 100-90, 99-91, and 97-93 for Berrio. Referee: Irakli Malazonia